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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Hamlet Overture / Valentina Igoshina, piano; Thomas Hammes, trumpet

Audio Samples

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents the original version of the rousing Hamlet suite inspired by the Shakespeare drama and piano concertos performed by the young Igoshina. Her performance is breathtaking. Igoshina plays with crystalline clarity and compelling musical intuition, she whirls through stupendously difficult piano parts. An enthralling and fresh performance of these favorites and we guarantee that you've never heard them like this before!

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
Engaging Concerto perofrmances, alert to the First's mischievous wit and the Second's charming lyricism. But the real treat here is the playful account of the Hamlet suite.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Igoshina plays the two Shostakovich piano concertos with technical aplomb, an abundance of colour and spacious phrasing. But the time has long past [sic] when such solid virtues might add up to a competitive version...Skou-Larsen and the admirable musicians of the Deutscher Makkerakademie Neuss have more of a chance to show what they can do in the 1932 Hamlet Suite and acquit themselves more than decently.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Igoshina is a Russian pianist, born in Bryansk in 1978; she's won or placed in a handful of competitions and played in some big halls with some well-known orchestras. I wish her an illustrious and rewarding career: based on this program, I'd go listen to her play almost anything. Her Shostakovich has the right mixture of heady virtuosity, humor, vim, and polish. I've got a handful of recordings of the concertos (Bernstein, Ogdon, Shostakovich, Kapell, Melnikov), and I'd be quite happy if I only owned this one. The sonics are stellar, from top to bottom, and the orchestra is the perfect expressive partner for her. Skou-Larsen knows the salient features of the pieces and leads the orchestra right where it should be. The Andante in No. 1 is wonderful: Igoshina's playing has both elasticity and momentum. Professional is the pianist who can sculpt the structure while relaxing the phrasing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Festhalle Viersen, Deutschland (10/11/2010-10/13/2010).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
  • Performers: Valentina Igoshina (Piano); Thomas Hammes (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Lavard Skou-Larsen
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
  • Notes: Festhalle Viersen, Deutschland (10/11/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score)
  • Performer: Valentina Igoshina (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lavard Skou-Larsen
  • Notes: Festhalle Viersen, Deutschland (10/11/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
  • Performer: Valentina Igoshina (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lavard Skou-Larsen
  • Notes: Festhalle Viersen, Deutschland (10/11/2010-10/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1957